noun Hinduism.

a mantric word thought to be a complete expression of Brahman and interpreted as having three sounds representing Brahma or creation, Vishnu or preservation, and Siva or destruction, or as consisting of the same three sounds, representing waking, dreams, and deep sleep, along with the following silence, which is fulfillment.

Also Aum.

Origin of Om

Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1780–90




Order of Merit. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for om

Contemporary Examples of om

Historical Examples of om

  • For, by the 12 e vij, as om is to ma: so is el to la: And as ma is to mu; so is la, to li.

  • And when he felt the wound burning, he silently spoke the Om, filled himself with Om.


    Herman Hesse

  • Wang turned and looked at Oma and Om and gave a grunt of surprise.

    The Silent Readers

    William D. Lewis

  • But Oma and Om peered out curiously from the mouth of the cave.

    The Silent Readers

    William D. Lewis

  • When the men were seated, Oma and Om came out and sat near by.

    The Silent Readers

    William D. Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for om


the internet domain name for




Hinduism a sacred syllable typifying the three gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva, who are concerned in the threefold operation of integration, maintenance, and disintegration

Word Origin for Om

from Sanskrit


abbreviation for

Oman (international car registration)


abbreviation for

Order of Merit (a Brit title)

symbol for

currency (the former) Ostmark
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Word Origin and History for om

mystical word in Hinduism, Buddhism; an utterance of assent, 1788.

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